If you have been through a flood, it can be devastating to think that you will need to get rid of all your furniture. Luckily, so long as your furniture hasn't been exposed to the water for a long period of time, you can easily salvage your it, which can save you a good amount of money. Here's how you can salvage your furniture:

  • Taking the First Steps: Before you begin to salvage any of your furniture that has been exposed to water damage, you want to be sure that you evaluate the damages and take pictures. This will ensure that you can make a well-documented insurance claim, which can reimburse you for furniture that is not salvageable. Once you have done this, move the salvageable furniture to a dry area in order to prevent it from being exposed to further water damage.
  • Salvaging Upholstered Furniture: If you have any upholstered furniture that you believe can be saved from the water damage, you want to be sure that you remove all colored fabrics and separate them to prevent color bleeding. You also want these pieces to dry separately to prevent mold. Once the fabrics have dried, you should have the entire upholstered furniture piece cleaned by professionals, especially if the piece is of high value. The professionals will be able to strip the furniture completely to ensure that any mold can be removed.
  • Salvaging a Mattress: Mattresses are difficult to salvage and in most cases will need to be tossed and replaced. However, your mattress can still be salvaged so long as it hasn't been sitting in the water too long and the water that it was exposed to was clean. You want to clean the surface with white vinegar, which will neutralize any smell and then put it in the sun to dry. You can speed up this process with the use of a fan. If there is still a musty smell, you can have a professional sanitize it. However, if the smell is still present, then the mattress will definitely need to be replaced. 
  • Salvaging Wood Furniture: Luckily, wood furniture can easily be salvaged. You simply need to clean and dry it. The joints, however, may need to be replaced. Also, if there are any white mildew spots, you will need to clean them with equal parts of ammonia and water, then wipe dry, and have the surface of the piece refinished with a glaze to make it appear like new again.

By knowing how to salvage your furniture after a flood, you can easily keep your furniture around, which is especially important if you have furniture of sentimental value or that has been in the family for a few generations. A flood restoration business like Central Flood Management Inc can help you determine what to salvage and how to complete the process. 

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